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BMHS Fine Arts Department honors inductees to National Honors Society of Dance Arts


Induction Ceremony for the National Honor Society for the Dance Arts

The Fine Arts Department Classical Dance Program is proud to announce the newest members of the Bishop McNamara High School Chapter No. #0014 of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA).

The student candidates, through their hard work in dance, academic achievement, and service to others have earned the right to become members of the NHSDA. Under the direction of moderator/advisor, Ms. Cindy King, students in NHSDA are encouraged to never compromise their creative ability and to be original and true to their body's natural movement. Students must always be willing to improve their technique and stay open to new genres and ideas. They promise to help fellow dancers let their talents shine and be an advocate for prospective dancers everywhere while bringing their personality and spirit to every dance they are called to perform.

Membership in this national organization is not only a reward for the fine work of the Classical Dance program but, further evidence of this chapter’s desire to continue to inspire others through dance. As a chapter, the work produced will better dance in the community and throughout the country.

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) is a program of the National Dance Organization. It is one of the most exciting benefits that NDEO offers its Institutional Members. The Secondary Program (grades 9-12) was implemented in 2005. The Collegiate Program was implemented in 2012 and a Junior Program (grades 6-8) was separated from the Secondary Program and officially launched in 2016. To date, there are over 1,000 chapters in the US and over 15,000 students have been inducted in the past few years. 

The NHSDA envisions a nation in which all students have equal opportunity and access to quality dance arts education and are recognized for their outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in the field of dance. NHSDA's Mission is to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance in public and private schools in K-12 education, dance studios, cultural/community centers, performing arts organizations, and colleges/universities while fostering an appreciation for dance as a true art form and one worthy of recognition and prestige. 

The NHSDA Program Goals seek to identify honor students (grades 9-12) for nomination to the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award, one of the highest honor programs for dance in the United States. Mackenzie Perry '22 has applied for this program and is awaiting a response. They also strive to promote a desire for lifelong learning in the field of dance and encourage an understanding of, and appreciation for, dance as an art form and develop knowledgeable audiences for tomorrow. 

Seniors Nadia Brittain and Mackenzie Perry are also being recognized this year, since they did not get a formal induction last year, due to COVID.  Mackenzie Perry graduated with Honors, which required her to complete additional hours of work and submit an essay.

Our new NHSDA members are D'Aungel'e Thompson '24 and Mia Watkins '24.

Principal Dian Carter, Ms. King, family members, and friends were all present to honor these exceptional students of the dance arts.

We congratulate all of the students inducted for their academic achievement!

For more information about the Bishop McNamara High School Classical Dance program or the BMHS Chapter of NHSDA, contact Ms. Cindy King at Cindy.King@bmhs.org, or go to Fine Arts Classical Dance Program.

Enjoy a slideshow of the event below.


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